by Andy Buechel
For Catholics who disagree with the Church’s official teaching on matters pertaining to LGBTQ persons, an important question will inevitably arise on occasion: “Why am I still Catholic?”  This is a question that is addressed to us by others, and it’s a question that we ask ourselves.  

Thoughts on Pope Francis’s response to the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)  
from Casey Lopata, co-founder of Fortunate Families  

As the parent of a gay son, I am disappointed, though not surprised, with what Pope Francis specifically says (and doesn’t say) with regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their concerns in Amoris Laetitia.

Paragraph 250 reiterates the Catechism’s call for respect and consideration of every person regardless of sexual orientation (using “orientation” rather than “tendencies” is a hopeful change). But it also repeats the loophole qualifier: “’every sign of unjust [my emphasis] discrimination’ is to be avoided.” Church leaders have used this loophole to oppose LGBT employment, adoption and other rights, and the document is silent about the subsequent harm caused to LGBT people and their families.